G6: Environmental attitudes and behaviours

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Short description

This indicator will track changes in people’s attitudes and behaviours relating to the environment, covering different sectors of the population. It will track attitudes such as willingness to change lifestyle and behaviours in key policy areas relating to sustainable use of natural resources, such as waste, water and energy. The indicator will include information on:

  • Environmental attitudes including personal importance of environmental issues, ranking when compared to wider issues facing society and relative importance of environmental issues (such as climate change, litter, plastics, wildlife decline, and water and air pollution);
  • Pro-nature conservation behaviours;
  • Wildlife gardening behaviours;
  • At home environmental behaviours, including water and energy efficiency, waste and diet;
  • Active travel behaviours; and,
  • Behavioural intentions.

This indicator is not available for reporting in 2021. Information on changes in attitudes and behaviour is now gathered by Natural England using the People and Nature Survey for England. This new survey, which began collecting data in April 2020 builds on the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) survey. The first full year of data collection was completed at the end of March 2021; data will now be analysed, and indicators will be finalised. Initial results, together with further information on the survey methods, outputs and the full questionnaire, are available on The People and Nature Survey homepage. The People and Nature Survey team also welcome collaboration and feedback via their user hub.

A new indicator, derived from the results of the People and Nature survey, should be published in the Outcome Indicator Framework report in 2022. The evidence so far (including the People and Nature Survey monthly indicators) is showing that the coronavirus pandemic is having an impact on environmental attitudes and behaviours. Analysis is underway to better understand the trends related to this indicator. Insight and feedback from stakeholders via the user hub is also welcome as part of this work.

This table provides metadata for the interim or final indicator presented above.

Indicator name

Environmental attitudes and behaviours

Indicator reference


Outcome Indicator Framework theme

Natural Beauty and Engagement

Headline indicator status

People enjoying and caring about the natural environment

Relevant goal(s) in the 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Enhancing beauty, heritage and engagement with the natural environment
Relevant target(s) in the 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Focusing on increasing action to improve the environment from all sectors of society
Position in the natural capital framework
  • Service or benefit associated with natural capital asset
Related reporting commitments
  • Relevant to Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Target 1
Geographic scope


Status of indicator development

In development

Date last updated

11 June 2021